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THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU LEAP, THIS YEAR

What does the Year of the Red Fire Monkey hold for you?
 
MONKEY is the 9th sign in Chinese astrology. Number "9" is associated with ambition, activity, smartness, mischief and adventure. 
According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. This means we will deal with more money-related issues in 2016.
Monkey is a smart, naughty, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to earn returns from your investments, you have to be smarter and more cunning than the Monkey. 
Metal is also connected to the Wind. This could mean status of events in your life will change very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes in aspects of money, work, and relationships – both professional and personal. 
 
 
RAT: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Pig, not Rat 
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Blue & Green
 
“Patience is the key to the success of your relationships, both personal and professional.”
 
HEALTH: The Monkey will keep you very busy so you need to rest regularly to avoid overwork. FDW readers, take your weekly day off! Everyone else, ignore work-related messages and emails outside office hours! 
WEALTH: Looking for a new job? You must level up with a new course or skill. For Rats, house is connected to Monkey so invest in real estate this year.
LOVE: Ask your boss, parents or older friends to set you up with someone. For men, this is the time to try a relationship with someone older than you. Rawr. 
 
 
OX: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Rat, not Ox
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Yellow & Green
 
“Stand out to prove your ability and opportunities will come. Being conservative will limit your achievements.” 
 
HEALTH: Happy vibes only to keep illness away! Watch out for your stomach, intestines and the entire digestive system. 
WEALTH: Accept a career challenge! Money linked to your good reputation is out there but you need to use your brain and hard work to get it. 
Warning: be careful of financial dealings in 2016. 
LOVE: It’s a luckier year for the single Ox than the taken Ox. For better relationships, reserve space for love or a potential partner to help build the relationship. 
 
 
TIGER: 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Ox, not Tiger 
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Blue & Gray
 
Your fortune will change this year. You must learn new professional skills to increase your career opportunities.” 
 
Health: Be careful not to get into any accidents, or to hurt your arms and legs. Don’t ignore pains related to your liver and your nervous system. 
Wealth: People have their eye on your money. Don’t be greedy for big returns and risky business. Switch to conservative investments. At work, if you can’t solve a problem, then ask and learn from someone who can.
Love: There is trouble in paradise. You must calm down during arguments. It’s best to ask help from an older friend as a mediator if you’re having “communication problems”. 
 
 
RABBIT: 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Tiger, not Rabbit
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Red & Pink
 
You will have an emotional and financially rewarding 2016.”
 
HEALTH: Be careful… an accident may leave your face or head scarred. Pay attention to your arms, legs, liver and nervous system. 
WEALTH: Your reputation will bring you money-making opportunities, but don’t neglect your job – it will still be your major source of income. 
LOVE: Looking for love? Take action! Always look your gorgeous best – you never know who you’ll meet every time you go out. In love? Time to go to the next level. 
 
 
Dragon: 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Rabbit, not Dragon
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Grayish White & Silver
 
2016 is a joyful, trouble-free and prosperous year for you.” 
 
Health: What you put in your mouth can give you heart-related problems, which could lead to movement difficulties (Heavy weight? Stroke?). Exercise regularly but be careful of accidents in dance class or with weights. 
Wealth: Congrats! This is a good “fortune” year for you. Expect unexpected income. But ask a financial advisor to manage your investment. Do not be scared of taking up challenging jobs – go for it! 
Love: If single, rumampa lang nang rumampa!  If married, 2016 promises to be a wonderful, memorable year for you two. 
 
 
Snake: 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Dragon, not Snake
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Yellow & Black
 
Monkey will bring good opportunities for you – don’t miss them!” 
 
Health: Over-exercise can lead to injury. Watch for arthritis and issues related to your arms, legs and shoulders. Most importantly, get your annual check-ups done ASAP! 
Wealth: Your income and investment will increase, but look for a good financial adviser. Work a li’l bit harder – it’ll be worth it!
Love: Women, push your man to accept your relationship. Your love life may get confusing but you’ll have a sexually satisfying year… maybe even news of a baby! 
 
 
Horse: 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Snake, not Horse 
 
LUCKY COLOURS:  Yellow & Green
 
Monkey brings you fame and wealth – seize the moment!” 
 
Wealth: Your money luck is looking pretty good. It means more workload and responsibility, but that’s a good sign. When you get a salary increase (you will!), invest smartly. 
Love: Spend time looking for love. For married Horses, you need to be more romantic towards your spouse. Love, dating and marriage are very much in the picture this year. 
Health: Respiratory (breathing) problems may arise so clean the air around you. Smoking? Stop. Think twice about joining any race or boot camps unless you wanna send 2016 nursing a twisted ankle or pulled muscle. 
 
Sheep: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Horse, not Cow
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Red & Purple
 
Sheep will be financially and emotionally stable in 2016.” 
 
Health: Take good care of your entire digestive system. That means, watching what you eat! Bring yourself out of your shell and enrol in a fitness group like dance or CrossFit. 
Wealth: This year, push yourself to show everyone your knowledge, experience and wisdom in your job. Building good relationships with people will make it easier for you to take home good money.
Love: Control yourself and don’t push your partner to the limit. For female sheep, watch your mouth and behaviour – you could end up hurting your lover’s dignity. 
 
 
Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Sheep, not Monkey 
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Gold & Blue
 
This is your year so go for it! Everything you dream of can be achieved in 2016.
 
Wealth: People are out to take your money. Skip offers of big return investments. And if you lend money, don’t expect to get it back ASAP. Be very conservative about how you spend your money this year. 
Love: You and your partner often have different opinions. Look for a Rabbit to mediate for you. Looking to marry? This is a great year to say “I do”. 
Health: Active Monkeys, avoid dangerous sports and activities to protect you from breaking your arms and legs. If you insist on playing high intensity sports, then don’t over do it or lose focus.
 
 
Rooster: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Monkey, not Rooster 
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Brown & Yellow
 
During happy moments, watch your words and actions so as not to displease someone important. This is the key to keeping your year calm and safe.” 
 
Health: Give your respiratory system – lungs, nose, bronchus and throat – a breath of fresh air. This is the best way to reduce stress which is likely this year. Keep healthy snacks in your bag to avoid eating unhealthy food. 
Wealth: Friends or relatives will use your relationship with them to get you to invest with them. You won’t have control over these investments so if you choose the wrong one, your money will be gone faster than you can imagine. Cut down on spending!
Love: There will be pressure on the love front. Your partner will show his ability to act as the speaker and decision-maker in your relationship. He may override your opinions. Remember, choose your words and actions wisely.
 
 
Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006
If born before Feb 4, your Chinese sign is Rooster, not Dog
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Green & Purple
 
You will have a chance to live life the way you want. Your perseverance and dedication will be the secret to your success.
 
Health: While social or outdoor activities is highly encouraged, dangerous sports should be avoided to avoid hurting your arms, legs and bones. Cleaning up your diet this year will make a major difference in your health this year. Cut down on sugar and reduce stress with yoga, meditation or walking. 
Wealth: Your social network will bring you money opportunities. When it rains, it pours. But it won’t rain all the time so try to absorb as much water (aka money) as you can when it’s there. Make career decisions with a calm and clear mind. 
Love: Your personality will complement your lover’s (in short, swak kayo). But you need to give more time and be more romantic with him. Single? Don’t just stay at home! Married? Don’t let fights spoil your marital bliss. 
 
 
Pig: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007
 
LUCKY COLOURS: Gray & Brown
 
You will face challenges with optimism and independence. You will go all out to achieve your goals. Be ready for a highly passionate and sexually stimulating relationship.
 
Health: Watch out for diabetes, diarrhoea, and bladder and nerve pain. For fitness buffs, 30-45 minutes a day will do instead of your usual two-hour regimen that may lead to injury. 
Wealth: Money luck will be good if you are humble and keep a low profile. So enough of those yabang postings on Facebook and Instagram for now. Your arrogance and boastfulness will be your financial downfall. 
Love: You will discover how much people care about you. Looking for love? Attend more events. In love? Plan more romantic moments with your partner. 
                                                                                                                                                 
Stronger is sexier
Run at least twice a week. It’s one way to ensure those legs stay strong and toned.
Depending on your goal, increase the distance and/or the pace every week.
Do D-I-Y yoga.
I believe it gives instant gratification and lasting transformation.
If do not know any yoga poses, a 1-minute plank every day at home should do the trick. 
Sleep early.
This is essential to our physical and mental health, and our quality of life. Because of proper sleep, I am able to train after work. 
MICKEE BALAGOT, 38
Dragonboat Paddler / Runner
 
 
Look pretty, feel positive
Eat healthy. Lessen carbo and sugar, avoid oily, fried food, and reduce your rice to once a day. If you can, switch to brown rice. 
Cleanse. Tone. Moisturise. Sunscreen. I’ve religiously followed this beauty regimen since college and now, as a 30something often mistaken as a teen, I’m glad I did. 
Positive mind equals positive life. If you feel good about yourself, you will look good. The best beauty secrets are peace of mind, a beautiful heart and a positive outlook in life.
MEREDITH GEORGE, 35
She’s My Girl 2012
Instagram: 
@meredithgeorgeous
www.meredithgeorge.com
 
 
Get buff, get happy
Prepare your own meal. It gives you full control of what you eat and what you put in your food, unlike when you always buy takeaway or eat outside.
Exercise regularly. It slows down aging. Doesn’t matter if you do it six days or only twice a week. And no excuses – you don’t need a gym to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day. 
Think happy thoughts only. Your mood affects your health since stress can lead to blood sugar imbalance and weight gain. Being happy increases your productivity so ditch those negative thoughts!
PHIL MATTHEWS, 30
Mr Hello Asia Manhunt 2015, 1st runner-up 
and a fitness enthusiast